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TO 

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hemorahdum 




Director., FBI 
SAC,- Memphis 

TW- 



UNITED STATES GOVERTTrmJT 



September 21, 19S5 



SUBJKCT: l^FEDERATION FOR CONSTITUTIONAL GOVSHm-tEUT 
INTERNAL SECURITY - M 




For the inrormation of tha Bureau and receiving offices^ by 
letter dated March 3, 195 5 j the Bureau advised the Memphis m d New 
Orleans Offices, in a letter from the Bureau to New Orleans^ 
captioned "FEDERATION FOR CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERJIMENT, IS - M," that 
no record of this organization was located in Bureau files o .The 
letter added that no investigation of this organization was desired 
at that time, but that offices were Instructed to be on the alert 
for information concerning activities oftJiis Federation and to 
ramlsh the Bureau aid interested offices promptly all pertinent 
information received. 

On September 6, 1955t a PotentLaJ-^SanLm^lty Informant (PSI), 
whose identity is mt out in Memphis file 



and who has ' f ur- 



nished r*pi1fflh1rf^ InfnrmRtl rin in the past, made available to Special 

Agent I [of this office a three- page brochure issued 

by the FEDH^ATION FOR CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMStlT^ temporary head- 
quarters - 801 American Bank Building, P* 0* Box 86, New Orleans 6, 
Louisiana, 

This brochure reflected that one JOHN U, BARR was Temporary 
Chairman of the organization and that the following were members of 
the Interim Executive Committee, in addition to BARR: 

ROBERT B, PATTERSON, Vice Chairman, VJinona, Mississippi 
(For information of receiving offices, PATTERSON is the 



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Atlanta (Info.) (EKCL, 1) (RM) 
Birmingham (Info,) (ENGL, 1) (rjii) 
Charlotte (Info,) (EKCL, 1)(rm) 
D.allaar-idnTo.) (ENGL, H^RM) 
Miami" (Info.) (ENCL, 1) (fe) 
Mobile (Info.) (EWGL, 1) (RM) 
Now Orleans (Info.) (ENGL, 1) (Rjj) 
Norfolk (Info.) (ENCL. 1) {m) 1 
Hichmond (Info.) (ENOL-;;. 1) (hm) 
Savannah (Info.) {EiTGIi. '1.1 (HM) 



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I4E 100-5514 (lx.« POLI- 
TICAL REPORTER) 

ME 105-123 (KNIOHTS OP # / 
THE KUKLOS KLAN> 

HE 105-98 (FR(>ig>4 ^ / \ „ 
SOUTHERNERS )7'^^ -f-^'j r.--! 

ME 105-121 /OCITIZENS 



ALL IMF OR MAT TON fTONTAINED 

HERE I W IS UNCLAS^IFIEC . { 

DATE 05'21'20D4 BY . 602 67/UC/NLS/ dcg/]bl3 




Director, FBI ; - September 21j, 1955 

REt FEDERATION FOR CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT, IS - M 



publicly admitted Socretary of the CITIZENS COUHGILS OF 
MISSISSIPPI^ a mass organization with chapters in the 
majority of Mississippi Counties, purportedly aimed' at 
legally combatting all forms of racial integration in 
State of Mississippi*) 

Honorable WALTER C. GIVHAN, Safford, Alabama 
Honorable JOE C* JENKINS, Gainsvllle, Florida 
Konorabl© HUGH G, GRAllT, Augusta, Georgia 
W, N* SHAW, Homer, Louisiana 

Honorable JOHN W, CLARK, Greensboro, "North Carolina 
FARLEY SMITH, Lynchburg, South Carolina 
L, V* DuBOSE, Nashville, Tennessee 
Honorable. B. A. STUARTj. Port Worth, Texas 
R. B* CRAWFORD, FarnvTile, Virginia 



This brochure identifies the Legal Coinmlttee as: 

Honorable TOM P, BRADY, Brookhaven, Mississippi 
Honorable LEANDER PEREZ, New Orleans, Louisiana 
Honorable W. SCOTT WILKINSON, Shraveport, Louisiana 



Enclosed herewith are two photostats of this brochure 
for the Bureau, and one" photostat for each of receiving offices, 
which brochure is self-explanatory. 

Also furnished by this PSI was a semi-blank form to be 
used by persons working on behalf of this organization to send 
copies of the brochure to possibly interested persons. This PSI 
advised that a large volume of thi ^ brochure had been r eceived 
re centlT in Memphis * Tf=^nness e e , by 



who 



U s a professional "^oe-baiter" , 
of hate for all Negroes and Jews, and 



Memphis* This Infomiant 

nriR ^Jhn hay^ ftn iimiflual 



_ resides 
advised that 
pas si oh 



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at cJiscreait ing ail 
as "THE POLITtCAL REPORTER," 



a mimeograpnea montniy "Siate snee"C" 
Negroes and Jews, This "hate sheet" is 



This same PSI, who is familiar with many phases of ^ 
activities, described him as being the Imperial Wizard of the" 
KNIGHTS OF THE KUKLQS KLAN, Memphis Klavern, and also as the 
Memphis organizer of the " PR 0- S 0/JTHE RNER S " , a mass organization 
aimed at upholding racial sogrogiacion in the South* 



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September 21, 1955 



REi PEDERATION FOR COIIETITTJTIOML GOVSRNMEOT, T5^ - M 



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^ According to. this PSI, also recently received a 

Inrr^ numhf^r of. the above-mentioned brochiEres apparently from 
Port Pierce, Elaniiai^This PSI said that some 



time ba okL 
send to 



had written to 



requaailiig that the latter 



Tpro-aegregation 'mat erial which [ could distribute 
rhat In recent weeks had been busv mailing? out 



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or sell and that in recent weeks had been busy mailing out 

large volumes of the above-mentioned brochures In the vicinity 
of Memphis, Tennessea* 



On May 17, 19^1; 



advised Special Agent 



] of the M i ami Office, in a wri tten report, maintained 



m Miami file I J that |~ ^IT^ ^ort Pierce, Florida, 

was forming an organisation known as PRO- SOUTHERNERS, a pro- 
segregation organization, and hoped that a nucleus of a KU KLUX 
KLAII type organization in Florida could be formed consisting of 
various log^iaXS—SJli. members of PRO- SOUTHERNERS. According to this 



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Informant, 

co-partners 

Tennessee, 



in this 



gave the definit e imnregpiion that on e of his 



venture would be 



of Memphis , 



dvised that 



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a vexy active member of PRO- 

SOITTHSmrER S and possibly a member of the KNIGHTS OF THE KUKLOS KLAEj^^p 



is helpingi Id is tribute copies of the above-mentioned brochure. 



nnv nf h h^ r brochure is being retained 



The original 
as lA-1 of Memphis file 

In view of the apparently prominent individuals connected ^2 
with this organization and in view of the instructions set out by 
the Bare au^ no InveS'tlgSLtl bh ' df: ;thISV:&rgaii±:aSH^ t«<3b7 D 

unless advised to the contrary by the Bureau* 

Copies of this communioatlon are being forwarded to those 
offices covering States in which chapters of this organization 
have been formed or in which they may be formed. 



OPB'liCE MEMORANDUM ■ 



TO: • 



PROM: 




SAC/ New Orleans . 



UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 



-BATE:' December 1, 1955 



SUB^GT: 



PEDERATION PGR CONSTITUTiONAL OGVERNMENT 
INTERNAL SECURrPy - X 



Rerep SA WRIGHT PATTpN dated November 18, 1955^ at . 
New Orleans. 

The Bureau has advised that Inaamuehas^ rerep contains 
no information which should be classified "cQjaSifienJblal, " this 
report should be declassified. Offices receiving copies of this 
letter are instructed to declassify this report., 

2- Bureau (105-3639^ ) 
i - Atlanta 
1 - Birmingham 
1 - Charlotte 

- Dallas 
"l -> El Paao 
1 - Houston 
1 - Knoxville 
I > Little Rock 
1 - Memphis 
i - Miami 



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Mobile 
Norfolk 
Richmond 
San Antonio 
Savannah 

New Orleans (105-582) 





JpHM y, dAAft, CHAIRMAN 
HrW Ott^MAHA, La. 



WlNOHA, A4l&«H 

HON. WALTER C. OIVHAfI 
SAFrOfiD. Au. 

HON. -JOE C. -JCNK^MS 
C^lNEsVrLLf. Fla. 

HON. HUtiK O. OflANT 
AugurrA^ OA, 

M, SHAW 

HON JOHN W, Ct-ARK 
FAPLCV SMITH 

UTHCHtURQ. A. C. 

L. V, DuBOSE 

Kaihvilua, TEWN. 

HON. ft. A. *TUAHT 

FoflT WORTH, Tex A I 

R. S CRAWFORD 



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LEGAL COMMITTEE: 

HOf^f. TOM P. BRADY 
Brddkmavkn, 

.HOK. LEANDfR H. PERCZ 
New OALEAPff, IJh. 

HO^f. W SCOTT WrLKIflSOfJ 



^^Dear Fellow American: - , 

.^tf-our Republic is I0 be preserved, there' ' 
must be co-ordinated effort on the part of each 
and, every individual dedicated toward 
its preservation. 

^'^^ On the second page of this circular is 
Senator Eastland's plea for a nation-wide 
grass roots mobilization. 

On page three is copy of Resc^utiori 
adopted by a group that met in Jackson, 
Mfssfssippj\ under ddte of January 21st-22nd, 
1955. 

With Senator Easfland^s full approval/ we 

are laying the foundation for the national organ- 
ization he pleads for. 



Under the direction of group referred to rn resolution, an 
Interim Executive Corhnnittee vy<^$ formed and instructed to set up a 
permanent organization, and the E;<ecutlve Commttfee Is working 
towards |hat goal by attempting to get expressions of interest from 
a targe number of people before calirng another rr^eeting. 

Courageous potttUal leaders at all levels, national, 5*a^e 
find city must have organized support. If we fat! them, they 
face dafeat or discouragement. 



We would appreciate your expression of interest if you agree 
with our effort by writihg^'US eiiher a letter or a postal card. lit 
hear from you. 




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It is essential that a nation-wide organization be set up. It will be a people's organiza- 
tion, an organization nor controlled by fawning politicians who cater to organized racial pres- 
sure groups. A people's organizaHon to ftght the Court, to^-fight the C.KO., to fight the 
N,A,A.C.P,, and to fight all the conscienceless pressure groups who are attempting our des- 
truction. We will mobilize and organize public opinion. We will attempt to pledge candidates 
in advance as they attempt to pledge them* m 

We are about to embark upon a great crusade, axrusade to restore Americanism, and 
return the. control of our government to the people. In addition, our organization will carry on 
its banner the slogan of free enterprise and we will fight those organizations who attempt 
with much success to socialize industry, and the great medical profession of this country. This 
will give us recruits and add to our support in the North and West, 

Before God, \ now make the people of Mississippi this solemn promise^ I will carry it 
in the North as well as in the South. We have no other alternative* The choice is between vic- 
tory and defeat. Defeat means death, the death of Southern culture «nd our aspirations as an 
Anglo-Saxon people. With strong leadership and the loyalty and fortitude of a great people, 
we wNI climb the heights. Generations cf Southerners yet unborn will cherish our memory 
because they will realize that the fight we now wage, will have preserved for them their 
untainted racial herirage, their culture, and the insUiutions of the Anglo-Saxon race. We 
of the South have seen the tides rise before. We know-^Kat it is to fight. We wilt carry 
the fight to victory. . # 

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DAT E D5-21-2q04 EY 6U2 67/ UC/.MLS/dcg/bla 



Adoptod In Jfickson, M^i^esippij on January 32^ 1955, Rapr«i&nratiye« from the <Bkvdn D0«p Soutli Sfatoi 



BE IT RESOLVED that a Nation&f Committee, ^D be named FEOERATiON FOR CONSTITUTIONAI GOV- 
ERNMENT, be orgamzed, consisttt^g of two represeolatsvei or delegates from each participating Jtatd, for 
the purpose of coordinating and aTsUting the efforts of citizens of the several states in securing raTufti 
of constitutional government to the people oi the Unifed States, 

The major objedives of the National Committee shaif be to promote constlttitionsl governmenf, In- 
cluding the preservation of ihe independence of the UgSslative, Executive, and Judicial Departments- the 
' preservation of rhe sovereign rfghts^ lhe several states, and the preservation of JndMdual Hbart^e*, all 
of whtch are guaranteed by the Federal Constitution; fo secure the nomination of candidates for office v/ho 
subscribe to these prinaples; to resist the nomination of leftist candidates for President and Vke President 
and other offices, and oppose the adoption of Socialistic platforms; to seek in every honorabif* and legiti- 
mate way to prohibit ^he practice and lo counteract the effects and consequences of executive agreements 
or orders, and of decisions of the Federal Courts and the United Ssates. Supreme Court which have wfortg^ 
fully abrogated, modified, or amended the provisions of the United S?ates Constifution which require a sep- 
aration of powers between the three great departments of government, and of the Tenth Amendment 
which reserved to the States and the people all power not expressly granted by. the Constitution to the 
Federal Government. 

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■ The said Committee Is hereby authorized to adopt its own rules of procedure and to do a!l>things, 
which it may in tH discretion deem necessary to carry out the obiecnves outlined above. 

The said Committee shatl efect offkers end sefect an Eifecutsve Commitfee and prescribe IH powers 
and duties. The National Committee may set up State organizations, sub<ommmees or special committees, 
or work through or in cooperation with existing organizations that are In accord with the principles and the 
objectives set forth hereinabove. 

BE (T FURTHER RESOLVED that a Provisional Commitiee, i^or^sisUn^ of two representatives of each 
staie represented at this meeting today^^e formed to promote and carry ^nto effect the purposes of this 
Resolution unfii such time as each state orJJrJiation, which it may approve, can select its two state rep- 
reser^tetives or delegates to serve the National Committee. 



John U. Barr 
Temporary Chairman 



601 American Bank Bu tiding 
New Orleans, Louisiario 

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TO . rv;IM_r9ctbT, FBI 

mm I SAC, M'enipbis (lO^-HiS) 



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SUBJECTi FEDERATION FOR CONSTITUTTMAL GOVSRMEMT 
INTERNAL SEearOTY " X . . \' - ^ 



Re lit tie Rode airtel to the Direcior . 11-2-5? captioned •^WHITB AlffiRIGA; 
INC*| XNTERNAi SECURrTY - Xo^ ^ / [ . ^ 

On 11-2?"?? ROBERT B>.. PATTERS0N>1& previouslj "been 

identified' 'aV Exo^cUtive; Secretary of the Association' of Citizens * Co uiicirs of 
Mssissippi and Vice-Chairinan of ^ the Federation for Constitutional Governnieritt 
vras ctontactfed by SA GEORGE A. EVEHfiTT*' PATTERSON stated that t^le Federation,- . 
TThich is a loose confa'derati.oh: of .state, organizations similar in purpose to the : 
Citizens ' CouhoilS| was,, formed at Jackson, Mssissippi in January, 19??*, The^ 
meeting probably referred to by SA EVERETT, he said," was a meeting in October, 
1??? of the Executive Committee of the Federation, of which he is a member. He 
said he aittended the ineetingj inhich ms; heW at Jackson, Missiesippip . 

Mr, PATTKRSCN gave SA UVERETT the attached printed letter from JOIiH U. 

BARR, Chainnan, dated at New Orleans, la*, '**Gctober, 19??, " bearing on th^ back 

page V complVt'e'lis^^^ of the Advisoiy Committee by state s* Jt i»ill bie rbt^ 
that on the f rorit^ P^g&s the Interim .Exeoutive Committee differs from that quoted 
on page 31. of the report of SA GBX)ROE A. EVEHETTT dated 11-16-?? at Kemphis 
entitled '•ASSGGlATim OF CITISENSt COUNCILS OF mSSISSIPPT/* Bnfile 10?-3li237r 
whicti includes J- A« BTOBBS, Sumter, So C» Ths attached, letter lists in place 
of STUBBS, Hon(> JOHN W. CIABK, Greensboro, N* and FAJ^tET 3JITH, lynchburgj 
So Co Otherwise, the letter does not differ from that quoted in above mentionfld 
report, except for the addition of the Advisory Ccfmittee on the back page* 

For the benefit of all offices concerned, one phot oeta tic copy of the 
JOHNJ. BARR letter or pamphlet: is attached* - 



2 ^ Bureau (Ehcio 1) (M) (lQ?-363?)i) 

1 - Little Roek\(,lp?^12T,) (Bncl* .1) ffST) 

1 - New ^Orleane (Enclo X) (m) 

1 - Birmingtmm ' JBic 1} (M i 

1 - UoMle ^fe^^ . \ , . 

1 - mami (Encl* 1) TBM) 

1 - Atlanta (Enci^ 1) (m^ 

1 - Savannah" (Incio l) (HI) . 

1 - Charlotte (Biol^ 1^ jRM> ^ ■ 

1 - Houston (End* 1) (HM) 
1 - Tforfolk (End* .1) (RM) \ 

1 - Richmond (Enol* 1) (RM:) . ' ^ 

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INTERNAIi,, SECIJRITX 



- Re Bureei'u a irtel to M.empliis- arid N^ew brleans- dated- ■ . 
December }0 195^ >' . .... ■ ■ , ' ■ - ■ v; ■ ■ : " . ' 

■ With .regard to, Memphis iT»etlng referred tb; In ~T'erer-' 7 
eneed atrtel, ' it wa's held in Mempiiia,.: Tennessee a t- th^ Hotel- 
peabody"' on- D"eceriber 28, 1955 • : " ' ■ . ■ 

.* ■ - A lengthy newspaper account of this meeting appeareid : 
on page one,' coiumri .one of the, Thursday morning, December 29» 
1955, Issue" of the- Meiftphts Comm'arci-a^l Appeal, by reporter JAMES 
GCNTER, vrhlch ia fjubted as followai ' • . : , 



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New Orleans (RM) ' • 
Knoxville (RM) . " ' 
Savannah (RM) ' . ,. ■ -. 
Atlanta (RMl ' ' . ' . 
Mobile (RM) . , . . ■ ■■ , 

Birmingham (RM) 
Miami (RM) ■ ' 
Charlotte { RM) ■ ' " ■ ... ' 
Houston (RM) ' . ■ ' .*. 
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.Norfolk (RM) 
Rtchraond (RM) 
Little Rock (PK).. 
Pittsburgh -.(RM) 
Chicago <RM) . ' 
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Me. Let', tb Bureau 
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' ■ ' "A ;"c o - or dlri a 1 1 rig ; gr au p to mold , e u ch , E out ha rn organizations ,\, 
as the /Cltis^ha Cbuncila .of . Mls.s^ 

Cou'ncll of . aeorgla /into; an. effect 5. vo;; force against racial^ Integra-' \ ; ; ; 
. tlori was. formed: here^ yesterday. ■ ' ' : ■ \ ^ " .-^ . . 

' ■ ' "T^e Federat ion f br..Gpnst it utipriai &over elected an \ ■ ■ 

axeQutlve ;commltte.0 ..constats from each of . 12. , ; ■ . 

Sout hern- s t at e s repre $ent e d. a t:; t he .meat Ihg,,- . - . ; : v /: ' " ■ ■ ■ ^- ' 

• " l e ga 1 C O mm it t e e - - t.h;^ ri - 1 s e-t ^4:b b;ut.:^t; a '^dr^ w ^u p r^a,;. -o n^s t it u .^j ^ _ 

tion and by-lavja. for the groups ; The proposed, const it ut lor) and by^ 
' laws were to be present ed ^ t 6 ' t\i^;, new exec 'committee; at a ; - ' 

la ter/mfeet Ing' :^ )^-^\\rv ^ -^^ ^V--, / . . ' 

- - "Members 'of 'the executive- committee 'with ppv^r^ 
an aggreisalve campaign,;^ a;pe,t;>: ".^ ^ , ^ , ..^ ^ \ . .^-^ ■ . 0 ^; ^ 

' *'Micah,. jGnkins of Ch^leston,V S- Cv 3. R. B. Crawford of 
Farmville, Va, ; J udge. Tom j^mdJU^f erookhaven, Miss>; W* M; ' - y ■ 
Shaw of Homer, ■ta .'it/^r. : Evetts Kal of Canyon, Texas ; State. "Senator 
jBmesD^^^ Senator Walter C, , \ 

TfrvHarTof -^Ala* T Walker Xewls of^Meniphia r Joseph Jenkins. .^v^ . 

of Ga ines ville, . Pla ,'; Edward H. Malona of Lo uisbur g, N * C /; Hugh . ^ / 
g; Grant of; Augusta-,^ Ga., eind/llrs:, Hallle M,, Kendall of Charleston, , . ■ ^ 

' ' . ' DB 1 e. ga t e a ; s a- 1 d " o b a e r v r s f r b m Ne w Y or k and Ne w. 'J er s e y ' .'r V 
were among thoae present. . y . .\ - : _ ; ' > - ^ ■ ^ 

;^ / ^ "one. of the first acts was "to adopt' a re sol utl on/ support ing. 
, t he Stat e , of V ir g 1 n 1 a In its 'do c t r I'ri^;;^, 0 f in te. r p 0 s Ji t i on ; fig h t^t o ^ ' . ^ 
' ' ri ul l"i?y an d; v!o i d'* Ira c i a r ' de c i s i oKs ^'^ of ™ t h^ ^Uni ^t e dV S'lf ate '^S ufj^ e me'' / ' ' ' ' 
Court by . leglala t Ive iact i on * , ' y. ■ / - ■ ' ' 

"AtJDUt JS persons attended, the secret meeting at Room <iI10 . 
in-.^tii:^: Eeabody f rom^ p.m. until-after 6 p*m* The press, wag .barred, 

> ' '^Senator Jame's_^Eestla'nd (P*.,^ Mia3*K a prime mover in the 

prganlzatt^nW^^^^ 

-any s ta tements must come from- John tj* „Barr, 9;f_.,.H.e.w^ai:^>j&aEij^: interim ^ ■ \ . 
chairman of t he. f eda rat ion. which had .it s beginnings at^^^^^^ 
in Jackson.^ Miss. , ^las-t^ .Jgny^^ 21-22. - ^ / / - ' ' 

\ ; . ' ■ "Mr* ■:Barr ; was eleGted 'permaneri^^ c ha irman ^ye s te^^day.; ; \ ^ - ' 

, ' ' r ' . '!Hr B a.i" r 5" i" W ho d a scribe d .; h i ms e 1 f -a a a - N ■ 0 r 1 e h s indue - ' . ■ , 
"triailst ^n6w \de voting f ul'X t ime; tp t he. f ederat lon> ,.made a .plaa t o . : ^ \, 



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^tti^ grbiip for tpdlvl'^ua-l Gphtrlbutlpna. to finance Its wG^rk* ^ "^-^ ... 
^ ' ' V " t T tit s' gr 0 up n G Q d s ; or ga niz in g a nd^ !rie e d 3 6v ga ri i z log ■ ^ . 

he o up ' V Gt ed\ t ore s t ric t . membe r S:lil p 'fpi? ,t he % i.me ' ^ r 
betng' to thosa who .attended the . Jacks on . nice t ing , plu3^ the memb.er,3 . 
Qf It 3: advisory council, ' The advisory ■couhcil La a group of about ^; ' 
person^ in ^eaph^' of ^ 10 So^ - v .J.;/. ' ■ 

; ' ■ / /• One man got u pat t he / mee t Ing .arid sa id he ha c3 ,b"e'eh 's;en t^^ ' a 
there' a^ :a reprasentat ive of^We, Tha People, an orgarjiza t Ion with' ' 
■headquarters in Chicago, ^ He said he, is supposed to report to the 
executive committee of We,- The :People,;on wh&t t he . Federation for 
Const itut lonal Goyerriment la . He: said after at tending t he meet Irig ■ 
he waa unable t,o tell ;Whfl't- It was, ■ — . ^ ' ■ " ' ; " - ; : . ■ ■ , " 

. need to know w hether we, can join, the pederatlbn^Y if . 

we .decide we. want to join,. I he aaid.. ^ .- 

/ . ■ . ■ '^:^Up t p now we are Just, a group of individuals, .financed ; 
by Iridi.vldual cont rlbut ions, Mr, Barr answered him* ■ »We are V , . 
'going to co-ordinate the . work of auch rgroups a 3 the Citizens . ■.' 
Councils ^and the St a tea' Right s :C ouncil of: Georgia and^ the Commit* :\' 
tee fpr /individual Right s In Vi rginia ^ V \ _ : r ■ ;v:^.;^. 

''•^ ^ - r ] ^^Keportsrswere told t hey could no t - enter 1 1^,' meeting by. ; ., - 
..Harbid. Steibick of Ys aoo Clt y^^ Miss. , who' said he : was 'acting .as , .r 
assi'stant tq..Mri Barr, ; ' . . - '"' ■ , ' ' ' 

: ' ' '*Atty , Geri. Eugerie' Cook of Georgia addressed the mee.tlng t.' . ■ 
' d ;i^t er" he^^ pl^na :t'0 tly back 'ito- Atlanta^ thls^^a^^ ' 

- . ' '^»W9 '1,1 be meetingXll ^^^^J-^Sj^^.'^ Cook said. . - : ^ 

' : V " iT-hls ls a' bad .time f or us to : get started, but/,w.e need tb V 
get-golng/'. Mr /Barr said. ';'T^ or ga nidation is restricted .to, the ^ 
South now, b ut we 'ha V6 found -supporters all'overthe natlorii .We|ve, 
-kept^this thing .under, wraiis until :>fe ^knew our atren , ' 

. ": ■, "Most; of tha representatives at the- meeting apparently weTC- 
irom Arkansa^s and Hissiaslppii;,';''' . .'.Y- / '■ " - " ^' ^ ■ 

aft e rn 0 on , s ess 1 oh . had o ut 1 i Re d . w ha. t ;o.ug ht t ^o :;b e ;,d ori e / ■ . . 

- / . , ":»N<iw' we f Igure- 6 ut/.hdw^^ I addedJ /, - V 



He. Let. to Bur'eau . ■ 

^'A reporter askad him who were the speakers. At that 
point/ Mr. Streiblck punched him and'. he stopped talking, 

^ ^ ^'Everyone at the meeting who was . approached .refused ...tQ' 
discuss the proaeedings. Mr. Barr .said nawspapars would r have : t.o , 
wait for a -formal statement he would prepare after it was all over. 

"^We Just pan't let you in/* Mr. Barr said. 'Someone 
' may gat . up. ..and say there is disharmony In the organization. Well, 
t he re i s 6 d i s harmony in t he ' or ga n 1 z at i on add w 0 . . d on » t .wa n t; any ^ . . 
thing like that in the papers. ^ 

. "A statement -Issued by Mr. Streihlck, Mrv Waring and Mr • . 
Cook after the meeting aaid the federation will 'act as a co- 
ordinating and information development organiza t ion, a nd not inter- 
fere with the activities of presently existing patriotic organi- . 
za tibns. * * * ' 

\,. VBepresentat iVQ , L. Mendel Rivera (D** S. G . ) Int roduced- 
the interposition resolution calling on Legislatures of.othep- ' ^ 
states t o. support Virginia on the states ^ right s issue , 

'^'The .resolution traced the history of the interposition 
proposal In Virginia back to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. 
It sa id in part : 

^^ilf the decision of the United States Supreme Court is 
permitted to stand, the states will have, consented, to abolishing > 
their sovereign rights and the breaking down of orderly const itur 
tibnal Ooverriment in America by an arrogant and dictatorial, decree 
by a mere nine' men- . It is hoped that Virginians in authority 
today will, lead the way to t he restoration of - const itut iorial govern-- 
ment and the preservation of the sovereign rights of the states. 

"f Therefore , be it resolved by the Federation for Consti'* 
tutional Government, in meeting this 2eth day of .December , 1955 1 that 
we commend the patriots, of Virginia qn ; the ir stand and respectfully 
urge t he' Legislature of ; Virginia t o assert the "right of interposition 
at the regular session of the L^eglsla t ure in; January ^ ,1956 and .rea- 
pect fully urge t he Leglslat ures - of other states to support^ the 
position of . VI rginla in order to rest pre const itutional , government 
in America and preserve the sovereign rights, of the .states.' 

i . "The apparent purpose of, t he - commit tee was to-elect ^an 
executive committee , which Mr. BarT" said would have 'absolute^ v-, 
authority to rule..* . 

"There was much .discussion at the meeting about whether 
the federation should be incorporated. , . 



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. ■ ■ '/"TENNESSEE' -^^ T homa s B * 'Brandon ^ Muir jraesbora Eic ha rd\ J . 

Burrow, jT.i Milanr Prof ; ^DDnal'a Davids Nas^tiville^^^^ 

Nastiville;^ Ewing J/! Harris, /Bolivar j A. ' Helrisohn^, , Jr Knox- 
vllle; T- Walker. Bewts, '^MV^^ ^- S::/;; , ' . 

Pease^'Cb^ttanbbga, and- Charge s,;^^^ Spmervllle. . ^ - ^..^ 

V V / MISS is S I PPi •5' i'el d Lri g. L * Wr 1; g hi , Ja c k s on ; Ja me s , 0 ' . 

'Ea"stiand/^Dodds:viiaeV:Jphn-'Be P* Brady.;-. ^ ■ 

Brookhaven; L* dt^Croa'by, jr. , Plf^ayune ;; Wllburp Hooker^, Lexlng^ - : 
" ton; Fred Jonesy Inverness ^vEllett ■I^awrence^ Gre Walter 

SlllerS;, RQsedale , and^ W.' J.* S Imrrions/ Jacks on^J^, : ; ^^^^ ■ : -/^ 

■ / ■ >^'>1jOUIE^ Ealci0^Cha^hii^sf;P. Edward ^ \ 

Herbert, '^New Orleans; Ti M. flarkar, Lockpor t ; \Malcom Dougherty,/, 
Baton. Rouge ; John S Barrett ,. '^Haynesville j Leland Hv Perez,/^ - _ -"^ 

■ New Orleans 3 Joe W , Pitt a , Alexandria r^Willian M/ Ra inach, .Homer ^ 
Walter. J.. SUthon^ Jr .,;^New: Orleans i;and ;Scott - Wilkinson, /Sbreye- 
port. ' '■ -.A"-'. - ^ : /"^ ^ ■ ' : ■/ ■ - 

"GEORGIA - S. /Marvin- Griff In At lant a; Herman Talmadge, ■ 
Atlanta^ James Dave's,. Decatur; R,. 0. Arnold;, Goyingtonl John 
SkETimons Bell, Atlanta; Charies, J* Bloch, Macon; James Glllis, 
goparton; Hugh G. Grant, Augusta ; Roy V. ' Harris , , A ugua ta ; - and- Jama a 
3, Peters, ManQ^hes'terv, \ ■ , ^ ' ; ; ; \: : . / . / ■ ■ 

■ ' ■ ' ; ' "All ABA MA - R Ob a r t B : A Ibr i 1 1 on V Anda 1 u s i a ; ¥ . H - ■ Ho o v e r , 

■ Birmingham; 01 in H. Ho.rt on, Birmingham; M* Ala t on ' Ke ith, :Salma; ■, - . 
Wallace D. Malone, pothan; Geaaner T • McCdrvey.', . Mobile ;F* D*/,Keebles 
"sr . Decatur; Marion Ruaht on} Montgomery; and- C., H'V Your^g,, / . ^ . 
Ann is ton* ' , ■ ., / " ^ ' " r 

' ' * ' V ■ / , " ■ ^'FI^ORI DA - . W 11 1 lam C . Bo s t io k , - . Ja cks, on v 1 Lie ; Mr b . Ea t he r 
Bush, St / .Petersburg,; DeCarr Covington, Jr • |- Dale . C it y;- Dan T 
Grlsp, Ja'cksorivllle; Gen . Sumter Dowry (:U£A',' ret 
A\ .S- Matthews {uSA , ' re t ; Ta liahassee ;. Mrs,, 
aonville;'; John W. ,Q 'Bann on. West palm Beach; 
and Edgar vW. Waybright/. Sr . JacksoiivUl^ 



h Tampa ; cbl . , 
Ruth A. Nboneyi Jaok- 
:Roy Page , . Cdral Gablea,' 



"NORTH CAROLINA - H,, 
Dunn, 'Clinton; Pieldlng Frj 



H \ ■ ",C 1 a r k / E 1 1 i a b e t ht own ; Jo e E . : 
Greensboro ; .Dallas E- Gwynn;, Leaks- 
villa; A- Allison ^james, Greens.bpro; C . L^-- Shaping,; -^^ 
R , Allabrook, Roanoke Rapida; O/^.B. Mosa, Spring .Hope ; Edwin, .g^^^^^^^ 
Malonq, Loulsb uj?g, . and j. ^S - • Kuykendall^^ Winatpn-^Salem . ' V ■ ■ " 

■ . ' :y ^ SO^OTH GAR0ErNA St,r ofe^Th urmand ,' A ike n ;; Men-del R^l ve r a.,v;. - 
Gha ri a at oii ; E ugen e S ^ ' Ble a s ev^ N ewb e rr y^; He rb e r.t Ra ve he 1 Sa s s , ' , . ' 

'Charleston; Gol. James Pv^Risher.i, Bamberg; McKendree Barr, Leesvillej": 



C ol , W y n a ha m M * . ' Ma nri in'g , ■ , C dl umb i a ; S . E .Rogers, S u mme r t on f 
Julian Dusenbupy ^ -Plorence , a.nci ;J> V^l^ -Stubbs, Sumter* . ; 



Mrs,i_S.<--R-r^H?^^ Haley, Canyon; 

Masters', KilgoreT^eT^ayer/ At ianta ; Giles E , filler y^oTISTT 



JrTghTTio rrow,- HoLi^mffwS^ H.M^owan , ^^fi^s^r^t^^^ 
Sltta, c til TiTc o t he , ■ and EsfeiSESSl^^Pwn a s Houston, ' ; ?— 

"VIRGINIA - William Mi Tuck^ .South Boston; ^Watkins ^M>- / ' 
Abbitt,, Appomattox; WllliarH B. Cocke^ Sussex;. James S. Easley^ 
South Boston^ Manning Ga s ch, McLean ; J. . Segar Grave tt, Blackstane; 
C. Raticllff/ Norfolk; Col, James M* Thomson^ . Gay lord, and E, 
Plpyd Yates , P owhatan " 

. No Inquiries have been made by this office relative, 
to the: above meeting and UACB, no -Invest Igat 1 on will be conducted, 

' Copies of this Tetter are submitted for the information, 
of all off icas concerning the istates which are Hated above as , 
having' officers and advisory committee members^' of the instant 
or.gahizatlpn . ■ 



FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVEST!GAT!ON 



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tHI9 am ORI9IHAT1D AT HEW ORLEANS 



FEDERATION FOR CONSTITUTIONAL 
GOVERMENT . . 



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WRIGHT PATTON 





CHAHMCIBI Of CAMB 



INTERNAL SECURITY - X 



SYNOPSJS OF FACTS: 



Meeting of Federation for Constitutional " Govern- 
ment held in Memphis, Tenn.. ^ on 12/25/55 1 Members 
of advisory committee set out,,. Mo other meeting 
planned in the near future • 



DETAILS; 



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Iv ORIGIN, SCOPE, AND GENERAL ACTIVITIES 



Tht Memphis Commercial Appeal, a newspaper published 
dailyin- Memphis;- 'Tennessee-, In'^.ts December 29 ,"1:95 5 issue" 
carried the following story regarding a meeting of the Federa- 
tion for Constitutional Government, which was held in Memphis , 
Tennessee, on December 25, 1955p . This newspaper . account of this 
meeting is quoted in part as follows: 



ALL INFCRMATIQM CONTAINED . 
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Orleans 



NO (105-532) 



'^A -co-orditiatiiig group to mold surch Southern 
organizations -as -t^e Citd^ens Gounclls of Mississippi and 
the States^ , Rights Council of Georgia into an effective 
force against racial dtit-egrati^on -waB- form^ -here ye-eterday, 

'^T^e -Federation for Constitutional Government 
-elected -an-exa cut ive committee consisting, of one member from 
each of 12 Southern states represented at the meetings 

' legal committee then set about to draw up a 
constitutitDn and^-by-laws for tiie^group.: "The proposed con* 
"Stitut ion and by-laws -were to be presented to the new execu- 
tive committee at a later meeting last night* 

"Members of the executive committee, 'with power 
to "organise an aggr a ssive campaign,^ ares . . ■ 

"Mtcah Jenkins of "Obarleston, S* Co ? R. B* Craw- 
ford of Farmvi lie , ^a,; Judg^ Tom P, Brady of Brookhaven, 
Miss-; Shaw of Homer, La, ? J* Evetts Haley of Canyon, 

Texas; State Senator James D, Johnson of Crossett, Ark*; 
State -Senatcir Walter Givhan of Safford, Ala.; T. Walker 
Lewis of Memphis; Joseph Jenkins of Gainesville, Fla^? 
Edward Ho Malone of Lauisburg, N. C*; Hugh Grant of 
Augiista, Ga. , and Mrs. Hallie M. Kendall of Charleston, W.Va. 



HO (105-5S2) . 



"One of the first acts was to adopt a resolution 
supporting the State of Virginia in its 'doctrine of inter- 
positionV fight to ^nullify and void* racial decisions of 
the -United States Supreme Court by legislative action^> 

**Senator James Eastland (D., Miss.), a prime 
mover in the organisation^ said all those attending were 
pledged to secrecy and any statements must come from John 
Barr of New Orleans, interim chairman of . the federation 
which had its beginnings at a meeting in Jackson, Miss., 
last Jan, 21*22. 

'^T, C* Waring of Charleston, 3. said speakers 
in the afternoon session had outlined 'what ought to be 
done, ' . 

'^Representative L- Mendel Rivers (D», S= Co)^ 
introduced the interposition resolution calling on Legis- 
lature 3 of . p.t hex, ,s t a t.ea .^support ^V-i rgi n ia .on. . t he - s t at e 5 ' - 
rights issue, ' ^ 

"The resolution traced the history of the inter- 
position-proposal in Virginia back to' Thomas Jefferson and 
James 'Madieon, It -said part: 

"'If the decision of the United States Supreme 
Court is permitted to stand, the states will have consented 
to abolishing their sovereign rights and the breaking down 
of orderly constitutional Government in America by an arrogant 
and dictatorial decree by a mere nine men ««« It is hoped that 
Virginians in authority today will lead the way to the restora 
tion of constitutional government and the preservation of the 
sovereign rights of the states o 

Therefore J be it resolved by the Federation for 
Constitutional Government, in meeting this ZSth day of Decern- - 
ber, 1955, that we commend the patriots of Virginia on their 
stand and respectfully urge the Legislature of Virginia to 
assert the "right of interposition" at the regular session 
of the Legislature in January, 1956 and respectfully urge the ■ 



the Legislatures of otHer states to support the position 
of Virginia in order to restore consitutibnal government 
ia America and' preserve the sovereign rights of the states „ 

''A speech by Senator Eastland was printedoon a 
circular handed out at the meeting* , 

^^It is essential that a nationwide organization^ 
be set uf / the senator vras quoted as say/ing^ 'It will be ^ , 
a people* s organisation, an organization not controlled by- 
fawning politicians who cater to orgsinised -^acial pressure 
groups. A people *s organization to lighx the Court, to 
fight the CIO, to fight the WAACP and to fight all the 
consciericeless pressure groups who are attempting our de- - 
struction* We will mobilise and organize public opinion^ 
We will attempt to pledge candidates in advance as they 
attempt to pledge them*' , • 

'^The quoted speech continued: 

" ^ YiB Site ■ abo ut" t o" ' em6"arfc"^ upon^' a gf ea€ cru s ade ^ a 
crusade to restore Americanism and return the control of 
our government to the people. In addition, our organixa- 
tion will carry on its banner the slogan of free enterprise 
and we will fight these organizations who attempt with much 
success to socialize industry, and the great medical pro- 
fession of this country. This will give us recruits and. 
add to our support in the North and West, ; ' 

' '^'Defeat means death, the' death" of* Mouther n 
culture and our aspirations as an Anglo-Saxon people^ With 
strong leadership and the loyalty ar^d fortitude of a great 
people, we will climb the heights* ^Generations of Southerners 
yetunborn will cherish our memory because they will realise 
that the fight we now wage . will have preserved for them their 
untainted racial heritage, their culture, and the institutions 
6f the Anglo-Saxgn race*'^ . , ' , ^ ' 

' II. OFFICERS ; . ; 

"Members of the organisations ' s legal committee are 
Tom P. Brady of Brookhaven, Miss,; I^eander H, Perez of Wew 
Orleans and Scott Wilkinson of Sl^reveport 



HO (105-552) 



^Members of the federation's advisory committee, 
as, listed on the circular include: 

. ^"TENNESSEE - Thomas Brandon, Murf reesboro; 
Richard Burrow, Jr., Milan; Prof* Donald Davidson, Nash- 
ville: Dudley Gale, Nashville; Ewing^ J. Harris, Bolivar; 
A. G. Heinsohn, Jr. , Knoxville; T, Walker Lewis, Memphis; 
W. M. Miles, Union City; E, 3. Pease, Chattanooga, and ■ 
Charles Stalnback, SomervilleA ' 

'TOS3I3SIPPI - Fielding L, Wright, Jackson; 
Jamss 0« Eastland, Doddsville: John Bell Williams, Ray- 
mond; Tom P, Brady, Brookhaven: L, 0* Crosby, Jr* , Pica- 
yune; Wilburn Hooker, Lexington; Fred Jones, Inverness; 
Ellett Lawrepce, Greenwood; Walter Sillers , Roseda.le, 
and Wt J* Simmons^ Jackson ' . \ 

' -"LOUISIANA - Sam Jones, Lake .Charles; F* 
Edward Herbert, New Orleans; T, Mo Barker, Lockport; 
Malcom Dougherty, Baton Roug^;^ ^ John. So Garrett, Haynes-, ^ - 
vdlle;. Leland H. Perez, New Orleans; Joe Wp Pitts, 
Alexandria; William M« Rainach, Homer; Walter J,. Suthon, Jr 
New Orleans; and W, Scott Wilkinson, Shreveport* 

"GEORGIA ■- S„ Marvin Griffin, Atlanta; Herman 
Talmadgf^ . Atlant^^' James Co Davis Decatur: 0- Arnold, 
Covington; John Sammons Bell, Atlanta; , Charles Bloch, 
Macon; James L* Gillis, Soperton; Hugh G,^' Grant, Augusta; 
Roy Vo Harris, Augusta; and. James Peters, Manchester, 

. . "ALABAMA - Robert B, Albritton^ Andalusia; . 
H* Hodver, Birmingham; Glin H. Horton, Birmingham; 
M* Alston Keith, Selma; Wallace D, Malone, ■ Dothan; Gessner 
T. HcCorrey, Mobile: F. D. Peebles, Sr. , Decatur: Marion 
Ru3hton> Montgomery; and C. H. Young, Anniston, ■ 

''FLORIDA - William C. Bostick, Jacksonville; Mrs. 
Esther Bush, St. Petersburg; DeCarr D. Covington, Jr., 
Dale City: Dan T. Crisp, Jacksonville ; -Gen* Sumter L. Lowry 
(USA, ret. ), Tampa; Col. A. S* Matthews (USA, ret), Talla- 
hassee; Mrs* Ruth A. Nooney, Jacksonville; John W, O^Bannon 
West Palm Beach; Hoy Page, Coral Gables, and Edgar Way- 
bright, Sr., Jacksonville^ _ . 



NO {105^-532) 



"NORTH GARGLINA - B.^ Clark. Elizabethtnwn; 
Joe ^unn, Clinton ; Fielding L. Fry, Greensboro: Dallas 
E. Gwynn, Leaksville; A. Allison tjames, Greensboro; C. L» 
ShuDing, Greensboro; Julian R. Allsbrook^ Roanoke Rapids; 
0. B. Moss, Spring Hope: Edwin Malone, Louisburg, and 
J. Kuykendall, Wins ton- Salem o 

"SOUTH CAROLINA - ^trom' Thurmond, Aiken; L. 
Mendel Rivers, Charleston; ■ Eugene 3. Blease, Newberry; 
Herbert Ravenel Sass, Charlestont Col James F, Risher, 
Bamberg; McKendree Barr, Leesvilie; Col, Wynaham 
Manning, Columbia; . 3. E» Rogers / Sirnmerton; Julian 
Dusenbury, Florence, and J* A* Stubbs, Sumterc 

"TEXAS - Coke R, Stevenson, Telegraph, Kimble 
Co.; Mrs* P. R. Carlton, Dallas; J, Evetts Haley, Canyon; 
Dr. B. E* Masters, Kilgore; Abe Mayer, Atlanta; Giles E. 
Miller, Dallas; Wright, Morrow ,^ Houston; -Arch H, Rowan, -- 
Fort Worth; Dr. R. Sitta, Chillicothe, and Edgar E. 
Townes, Houston^ ^ ^ . V: - *: ' 

"VIRGINIA - William Tuck, South Boston; ^ - 
Watkins M. Abbitt, Appomattox; William B. Cocke , Sussex; 
James S- Easley, South Boston: Manninjg Gasch, McLean; 
J, Segar Gravatt, Blacks tone; G. F, Rat cliff , Norfolk; ■ 
Col* James Thomson, Gaylord, and E,, Floyd Yates, 
Powhatan, " 

III, STATED AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ' 

"^Up to now we are just a group of individuals, 
financed by, individual contributions. Wa are going to 
co-ordinate the work of such grouos as the Citizens Councils 
'and the States* Rights Council of Georgia and the Committee 
for Individual Rights in Virginia,' 

" ^ "A statement issued, by Mr^ Streibick, Mr^ Waring 

and Mr. Cook after the meeting said the federation will 
*act as a co-ordinating and information development organi- 
zation, and not Interfere with the activities of presently 
existing patriotic: organisations , , V* 



NO (105-5^2) 



lY, MISCELLANEOUS . 

By pretext interview on Jarjuary 23, 1956 , it 
was determined that the headquarters ^of this organization 
are SOI American Bank Building, New Orleans, Louisiana, 
and that JOHN BARR, New Orleans industrialist, is in 
charge of the office and is the temporary chairman of 
this organisation*, 

Information was obtained that this organisation 
will act in any advisory capacity to citizens » groups 
organized throughout the southern states. There are no 
membership fees, but contributions to finance this organi- 
zation's work will be accepted* The organization has not 
as yet incorporated and the question of incorporation has 
been referred to the legal committee'' 

, ^ . No date. has.been set for any future meetingsr of 
this organization^ 



NO (105^532) 



■ADMINISTRATIVE 



Copies of this report are being seat to offices 
in the southern states/covered by this organization^ ■ . 

The pretext investigation referred to In the 
details was a pretext telephone call to the secretary of 
■JOHN U. BARR, who Is the temporary chairman, and in charge 
pf this organization at 301 -American Bank Building, . 



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•RE-PERENGE 



•Report of SA WRIGHT PATTON, New Orleans, La.,, 
dated 11/18/55. ■■'■■■, ■ . . ■ 



ADMINISTRATIVE PAGE 



llewtanilMe 
In Race; Shivers, 




SBy SIAHGAKET MAlfER 
Times Herald Au&tiit Bur^^ii 

AustiiiK March 1.: — Texas'poli 
tics vibrated today in anticipa 
Hon of -the pJaiis of Gov, AU^n 
Shivers and with a surprise en 
try in the highly fLuld rap^'^^for! 
govcrAor. " ' V 

J/. Evctts Haley, -^I?&nhaJidle 



rancher andT writer,, was :th« 
latest candidate in a race 'that 
haa been teeming ,wi.th-; uncer- 
tainty for riionths. His announce- 
ment advanced the docfrine ""of 
interposition as his sole reason 
for funning. 

^ Gov. Shivers, scheduled to tell 
■^is.plans on -20 television statSofls 
'llcross the state tonigrit,- was 'ei' 
jected. to emphp.$iaeVthe, sanje. 
|h e m e as "the ' do ris erva't i v e ' b att|f 
cry for 'doniingf^olitical wars. '' 
Go V. S hi V b ti- w; U ^fee ' t e le v;s ed 
on KFJZ-7V at;7:15. p. 'fn./.aniJ 
WFAA'-TV at ^ :30 -PL ni; .Thurs- 
day, \ ' ; . . 

■The program- Is to- be repeated 
on 34 radio stations Friday^ in- 
diidJng - KRLb,. The Times Her-' 
aM station, which has the talk" 
scheduled^ for 1 p.m. -. 

The tallc will be broadcast l>y 
WFAA-820 at 6;30 a. m, Friday, 

The, t^lk has ' been closely 
guarded to prevent a premature 
disclosure; The Governor's friends 
tlo not escpect Him to. announce 
ibr a Jour th . term- but rather :o 
jeasEert ^ his . leadership of cq ^ 
f ervati ve Democratic : forces ^ ai 4 
fire up support .for the comiflg 
Depiocratic preside ntis,l^ conven- 



f To . many ^ Capitol , observers.| 
Maley displaced candidate Re^-r 
[iW SenterEitt of San Saba M 
■ 'Ihe most conservative man jin' 
'4e race for governor ar^d clof 
.fte ranks on- the far right * J, 
] Well kiujwn ' as , a' historian,! 
!he has long taken an active 
ipart in politics^ in West Texas. 
:though not .as. a candidate. 

Shivers announced today that| 
!he will ho^d .a- press conference 
I'Hoj^day. ' The Governor has:^de' 
c\iJied comment until 'that . time] 
iol-the candidacy of Presjdpntl 
:Zfeenhower, whon_h^s^ij>Dtfted[ 




- K-EW •."cA'N D ID ATE^t;- ; 
I- J. Evetts Haley of Canyon; j 
1 Jnj«' the_^ Texas 'Panhandle, ' 
I *h a's ' ^ ahnounc^^d" *t)^ a t-^he 's^^ k i 
1 Democratic candid atie in the , 
\ governor's' race.'"' Haley;, aff 
^riter and rancher, says he! ' 

a constitutionalist and is i 
, strong, advocate for' tisc of^ 
he doctrine of Interposition ^ 
by the: state. — AP , -Wire^' " 
^-jihotci. . \ .. 



JTn defiance of the Bembcratlc 

In the midst of this was a 
Hurry over campaign cbntribu-, 
tions, sten^ming from congres- 
sional investigations of the same 
IssuCh ^ . I- ' 

Senterfitt jiimped on the dis- 
cpsiire^by Yarbprough that h* 
hpd received ."^ campaign fund| 
fjom ■ ; Elme r Patman , a tt ornef 
f£r Superior. Oil Go,, and urgeg 
that legislative investigatinf 
committees look into other such 
.gifts.^ 

. Haley, 55 years old, Was born 
in Belton and reared in Midland. 
He now lives in Canyon. -He Is 
.flj regent of Texas Tech College 
i] 1 Lubbock, by appointment 
C ov. Shivers, and' has bei 
E resident an4 field secretary <ff 
t|ie 'Panhandle Historical, S 
ciety, ' , V . 



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SYNOPSIS OF FACTS; 



Ho recent meetings of FE35MATim CQHSTiroiiEWAE* GOVSmMOS 
Imown to have 139811 hela., Organizatioa contln^iea! tp- mail out 
11 1 er a tur e f r pm Its he adquai* t ep s , 8bl Amer 1 can B ank Bull d Ing , 
Hew, Qpleans, Louiaiiaaa, , 



DETAILS s; 



(gtlGmiridOFE, MP GBfERAL ACTIVITIES 



\ .■ - ■ On Mar ch ^0 , 19^6 , JOHN TI. BARR, chair man of the 
■ Vederatim for' Constltiitlpnal Governmsnt, 801 American Bank ■ 
Btdldtiig / IT e w Orleans V' tio^ put a pamphlet 

concerning the Pederiitlon for Conatltutionar Govepnment. 
This pamphlet ia quoted in part aa follows; , 

.... "A BIT .OF HISTCRZ ' ' " — .■ 

"Like 'the" self -appointed members of the first Continental 
'. Congr e B a a ^ oujp -of S outherri 1 e ader s me t at Ja cks on , 
Mississippi January 21-22, 1955 to effect an organiaatlon 
' ' to co-ordlnat© the effprta of indlvidua^ls aiid organizations 



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l-AtlSnta " (Inf£)»y (RHJISTEBED) 
l-^Baj?ialhgham ^ » 

1-El Paso v^-- 

i-Llttle Rock ? 
1-Memplils ?: 
l-Mieani ■ '?r,, , , ... , 

r^Mobile ■ ,. .... 5;. 

. a-fforfolk ■ 

l-f^ an Ant aaio " ; 

l-iSavanasih . ? . 

1^ &-2y ll-th Arn^ (EH) - ' ' ' 
- - Bis tr 1 0 1 , For t . 3 em Hous ton r * 
1-GSI, 9tli OSI (rM) 

District, Barksdele AFB 
liiG?II, 8th Hatal (KM) -.. 

DlstrlctV New Orleaaa' . - 
2^ew Orleans (105-^82)1 



**dedicated to tiie ppeflervatlaa of tlie Republic end tihe 
Conatltution under which it grew so great* i 

"It was resolvea tha^^ a naticsnal coimittet to be called 

SJfSa* the purpose 6f co-ordinating aiid asslatlng-^^the 
effoiPts of the citizeina of the sevetAl states In secur- 
ing a return of constitutloaal goTremmant to the people 
of the Ifalted States*.; 

''An inteQ?lm executive cpmnittee was appointed to coinplete 
the organization and work out details of procedure* 

"The interim coimiiltteej after dlsousslcai and plamlng* mat 
with the advisory committee at Memphis on ^DeGei±»er 28th 
and 29th, 195^, where the representatives ^ of 12 Southern 
states launched the PEDERATIQET PCe CCHSTIIDUTIQNAL GOVERN* 

"A spokesman for the federation announo It will 

fact as a co-ordinating and Inf ormatlon«development 
orgahizatlon and that It was not Its pisrppse to interfere 
with the activities of presently, existing patriotic 
orgenisatlonfl 'or* those that may come Into exlsteniSii^t^Her' 
3 tat e d fur thei* i ^&^ur age ous poll 1 1 cal 1 e ader s ^t all 
levels--* national^ j-state and city — mst- have -organised 
support. If tii^ isLil them, they face defeat fin^ discourage 
mento Semeinber> t3ae minority pressure groups are united 
and mtirlngi^ : -iz . ' 

This pamphlet was mailed out by the I!EDSaATi<ai FOB 
CSeH©3SW2i€»fAL GOVBKHMHIT on March 8, 1956; also,, the following 
letter slsied by JOHN IT* BARE, chair jnan of the PEDERATICHT FOR 
OmSTIVUTimiiL GOVERNKSNTr / ^ ^ 

^Dear Fellow American - 

A termite Is so small and weak that 
you' can crush hundreds of them In one 
Eiwtf all* 



HO 105-?82 



"But dDn*t laadei^asttmfiLte Ma pofwer* Multiplying r?Lpldly» boring 
from wltliJnp termites can Sestpoy a atroiigly-biilll; houee In 
siiosrt order* Working Silently^ unseen a^d relentles sly they 
will undermine your lipuae so tbat great ^11 be the fall there- 

of* . . .. . t ■ . /■ ^ ^ - 

:::t:!;-:r ^ . .. . - 

^^Depressloala> ataciaBg flppdsy wars and a^ornlc bdriba may come 
-at mt time* Wp can survive even if th^ majority- of our 
populaticin is destroyed w But if tie fr|mewc3rk of our Sepubllc 
- Dur ConetltutJon * ■ is eaten away lny termites^: organised 
Into great *'colonl|a?* - evil forces thkt work insiduously and 
untiringly to cpai^b tho^n^ structure ever 

erected by MAJJ. ■ « .oiarvpi'^ta pi^op^r ty will be 

desteroyed md llfei wll^^ llviiig^ ' 

[ r ................ ^.^ \ . r ■ -L ' ^ J- " -j , 

"j ^is IB the ever ^es^t danger^ f. ^. ^ 

••llow While the gods e honks high, prosperity is rampant and we 
.never had it so good, let us not forget or , overlook the deadly 
destroyers - those who would alter or shelve the Charter of 
our Freedoia* Some of these etre honest and well -intent ion ed 
(Hell is paved with good intentions), some are selfish per sens 
looking after their oim Interests > spmfe are demagogues seeking 
votes and others riipresent the forces of disorder and revolu- 
tioa. Sheae last use the others to achieve their nefarious 
alms • 

•'Although America Is ties sed with great natural resources, the 
.Tfalted states has grom great because our Cmstl tut Ion permit-* 
ted the greatest economic freedom as well as iQdivldual 
freedom eoaslstent with the rights of all* Tamper with or do 
away with these privileges, rights end safeguards and you 
endanger our whol^ ciyilizatloao ^ 

: ^llany le ad Ing bua^kne s^'lmen > s tat e sman and pa ti^ lb tic cl t i zen a ' 
ere giving ikmey and t^elr, time consl|eri^ticEni 1;o help 

save America* Wotilt^j^ help ward off the UEtse^^jUdanger? 

^ ^'tFslng the attached oflOPd, send in your suba^iptlisn today* 

Ihe "Times -Pi cayune'' of !(te3? <ai: 2, 19^6 , page ^, column 4, 
a newspaper published dally In K^w Orleahs, carried 12iif following 
address made hy^ JOHN if*. BJffiR., of the/PEI)HlAnasr FCK CC^STITI^ 
GOVERHMEHT: ' • ' - 



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•'BARR CRITICIZES S. EISH SOtBT 

^Says Judicial Mia fit b Wear 
Justice Robes 




^'JOHtT U. BARRt chairman of the executive CGmmlttee of the 
.FEDKATIOH FOR CCWSTIITUTIONAL GOVEHHMEEJT, cpltlcized the 

"Btxited. States suppema court in an address Thupsday 'befoa?e 

the E3cectitivea' Club of Louisiana, Inc» 

^Tha blac]^ robes of federal Justice, he said, are^now wcacpn 
-by men" who are judicial misfits, the products ot more than 
20 years of pootply concealed socialism. They are typical 
types envisioned by the foundeps of soclfCLlsm - judges ^iho, 
with Marx and Sngels, believe that gov^rnineht of, for and 
by the people is a grave error * 

^tThey shun, despise and desecrate the words and actr of the 
founders of this great aafclonp the irifnortal men and women 
-who fashioned our form of government, our Bill or Rights* 

"•Parget for a moment, if you cen, the question of the judicial 
-treason of nine black robes In the segregatian case. For, 
I think it is treason to swear to protect and defend the 
Constitution, and then to Ignore, forget mid befoul that sacred 
oath and the document by illegally telling the *governedt to 
* ^ meekly accept an alien, illegal and time -soiled -tissue of 
European theory, written by a known, self-confessed follower 
of socialism and iB tat ism Just as it was set forth by the early 
Marx, Ehgels, and the later Trotsky, Lenin and Stalin***' 

II QpyiCER ^S 

The latter and pamphlet mentioned above listed the following 
pff leers of " the PEDERATICai PCR COUSTITTOIOITAL GOVEEKMaSTT: 

EXECUTIVE COKMITTEE ^ ^ . 

JOHff V . BARH , CHAIRMIill MRS / P , R o CAELTOET , VICE-CHAISMAlf 
Hew Orleans, La» Dallas, Texas 



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EOir, JAS , S . EASLET, VICE-CKAIRMfflr 
South Bostons Va, 

STATE SM. WALTSE C. 'GIVHAN 

Safford„ Ala, . . , 

JOSEPH JENKITTS 

GalnsTille, Pla, 

W. M. 5HAW 

.; Homer, La.' ^ 

HOST, EDWIJJ H, MALOUE 
Loulsburgp H,C» 

T, WALKER LEWIS 

Memplais , Term , 

R. CRAWFORD 

Parravllle, Va, 



HUGE LTTKHRMAUN, mEASURSl 
New Orleans , La, 

STATE SBSI. JAMES.D.. JOHHSOET. 
Crossett, Ark, 

Em* HUaH C. GRANT 
Atagusta, Ga, 

TOM P. BRAEfT 
Erookhavcai, ^^iss,-.;-- 

mCAH" JMKETS 

Chapleston, S.C- 

J, EVETTS HALEZ 
Caayon, Texas 

KRS. HALLIE M.' KMBALL 
Chai-lestGa, W, Va, 



III. STATED AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 



The pamphlet me nti oaed first above set but the prippose of 
the PKDSRATION ?CE COWSTITUTICNAL GOVSRHMERT as follows: 



"TpE PURPOSE OP THE PEDERATTOU 
-FOR CONSTITUTIOlfAL GOVEEllTMEW T 



"As per the resolution adopted at the Jackson ;Djeetlng> the raajor 
objectives of the Federation are: 



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"•^to v^amte constitutlcnal government, including tlie preaerva- - 
.tion of the independence of the Legislative, Executive^ and 
Judicial depertments^ . t 

'^^^thg presePTatlon of the sovereign rights of the several states, 
the ptressrvation of individual liberties, all of which are 
guaranteed by Idle Federal CanstitutlanQ 

*'-"to secure the nondnaticn of candidates for office who subscribe 

.to thaia prineipleSs 

«*-«to resist the nomination of the leftist candidates for Presi- 
dent snd Vice-President and other offices, and oppose the 
adopticm of Socialistic platfariiifl* 

"—to seek in every honorable and legltiinate way to pi'ohibit the 
.practle^e and to comteract the effects and consequences of 
executive agreements or orders, and of decialma of the Federal 
Courts and the l&iited States Supreme Court which have wrongfully 
abrogated J mo^difiedj or amended the pro vie ions of the United 
States C<^3tituti0n which require a separatlxm of powers between 
tJiree great departments of government, and of the Tenth Amend- ^ 
ment which reserved to the States and the people all power not 
expreaaly granted by the ^Gnstltutlon to the Federal Gpvemment, 

''Today there ape literally hundreds of patriotic organizations 
^sincerely trying ^ and^ to some degree^ doing a good Job of 
con4)attlng the destructive for ces assailing our country • But 
mosti, if not all^3 ere seriously handicapped foQ? lack of f^nds, 
PurthermaroH each In conc.entrating on some particular objective, 
seemingly mfSat important to it, with no co-ordination .with any 
other groupo Often It competes with another group with the 
same aim^ thus there is a dissipation of strength as well aa 
money expenditure* 

^Efforts have been made to bring some of these organisations 
together in order to coii4>ine their activities, but due to 
human nature end the desire to maintain leadership they have 

not succeeded^, : , 

^To preserve our Republic there nniiat be a natimally;, cp-o?^dlnated 
^effcrt on the part of Individuals and organisations dedicated 



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no 105-^82 . . ; 

"to ito proaervatldae tCha PSDSlATiau FOR C(MSTI!n3TIC(!Iilt 
GOTOHTMEaJT will work throiigh or In cooperation ^wltla existing 
organization a that are in accord tfith its principle a, 

"HOW THE PEDSIATION FOR C(HJSTI^I0fJAL ^ 
' - GOVHtlTMEIJT WILL OPStATE 

^Xlhder ttL6 authopitjr of a Board of Directors and Executive 
-CoDamittee a national spcretary with lais staff will craiduct 
the following operatiqiiss . ' 

"Gbvernmehtal ^laiam RepresisntatlTe ^ — He will dalntain contacts 
witli Congresa and TJe ^'^ Government bureau^ snd keep the Pedera-^ 
ti on informed on matters affecting it and its policieB. 

"Legal ^epertment — It will fiarniah legal talent in the trial of 
cases in whlcli tiie Federation has an Interesto Anotiier section 
will conduct continuoua research end make reports on state and 
federal cases In which the Federation may be Interested* 

- ^Research PepartitKn t —Its director will prepare and keep for 
refer en ce inror ma!t Ion and liiaterlal Issued by governnaent bureaus, 
file and index Congressional comraittee reports and hearings and 
all imterial pertinent to the affairs of the Federation* It will 
also clip and collect j^ewspapers and such material will be avail- 
able to speakers and ot;her3 interested « ^ 

^Public Relatlms Department — Will prepare end disseminate 
publicity, j^ess releases' 'and statements ^s well as preparing 
material for radio and TV, It will also prepare and circulate 
pamphlets, br^ochures^^ speeches and pxibliclty materiial, .and edit 
and publish the magaslne of the PederatloUo if-:- -i 

. ." Speakers Division — It will furnish . competent speaStbrs - end 
lecturers 'wiiere needed, or arrange for speakers at Important 
events, and furnish material for talks and speechoS«t. 

^^Orfianlgatlcnal S e_c4 1 ^aE h « Will train teams and individualis to 
be sent out io "cbg'anise or to help groups organize when same 
Is requested or deemed necessaryfl' 

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SYNOPSIS: 



Federation for Constitutional Ooverament contimaes to mail out 
literature fron^ its headquarters, 801 American Banlc Building, 
New Orleans, La. No recent meetings known to have been Iwld. 

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DETAILS J AT NEW ORLSAWS. LOUISIANA 

OENE RAL ACTIVITIES 

On April 20^ 1956j subject organization mailed out 
literature from Ita headquarters, 801 Americari Bank Building, 
Ken Orleans, Louisiana, One piece of this literature was a 
reprint of an ai'tlcle published in the May^ 1953^ Reader's 
Digest entitled "TSie Truth About the Immigration Act." This 
article was written by FRANCIS WALTER, Democratic Representa- 
tive from Pennsylvania and co-author of the McCarmn - Walter 
Immigration and Nationality Act* 

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' TMs-^tlele- daf^i^^did: tte® ''Xraigratlm»'^' Aet and set ■ 
out it^ te«^lcgrm4Dd<^ It stei-ted ttoat ^^m of ttee attack on the 
aot toad feeesi political — .as a r©s!alt ©f the . mistaken .idea, of 
®oiJ^ politislaji^B that a-fe^rsdcwEj^^^]^^ Ljiw 4s tJie way to 

• Win ¥©t®^ .from_s©^©al|®d -splis^rity-gr^up to this comtry-^, This 
artiel©-.-w€M)t to ^tat®- .tfeat tM Mst ¥i^i®u^ an^ ■ violeirat - part 
of the--attaek feeea^- Isd fey GopEMists aa^ left^wtog orgMii- 
sE&tios^s rdghtf^lljf fearfi^ ©f its as®3?^ rigict re^tralnsts oss'smb- 
verslTOS^ ■ ■ ■ 

Als® milM Mt bi^'sutej^^t orgmtmti®^ oa April SOp- 
' 1956^ was. si.paj2©Ja@t eimtiifelid .'^IE2igg^ei:^tl¥® ■ €iill-.To Aeti^KE For . 
.■-All. Patriate ' Th%^ p^^JitH^t to part as followai - 

.'^M^ATBTE .eMX TO 'k^zm .FOR ALL PATRIOTS \ 

'*THE CAMFifeKSM TO 'MlffiEER ' ftltti ■ li5Bi!ii.griitlom mtl ' 
NatiOTalitj Act ■ (MC GAHRAN-WAI^^ER ACT) 1® NOW .lasrs-aer 
• wa^*> TBM t^ftl3% f6m0n — Tto Ca»^iita smd th®lr 
. dupe® =«.WAK^f tm dmt^nf- tMs ^ital talwark to ©iir 
^ ■ lutar^g^l, sM^it? — P'^aitl^lm© ,Si#tSi parties^ - 

■ ■ to ww-^ht'-^^^-^mlZ^^d-m^JiiQTitf ' hlo^ ¥©t®j ar® ■ Mddimig . 

agalB^t ■ m^tlmr^jM thm drlv® to ex t met the 
:ta@tli--^fr« the MeC^i^-Walt^i? Aot^^imd ©p®iB' THE 
RAMB'AKTS to TO.t^^M EEim^srg ©f -.. Immigrants j - lr« 
re^'paative i^f '"th^i^- ©oiissta^.'®? orlglsa ®r. desirability * • 

- . ■ :v>^^©y-wouM MC CARRAN-WALTER LAW ifM©h 

■ CpllimESS stymied f ®3* m3Eiy Mmtto and tlii®sa PASSED o^er 
- >^e.. VETiD OF m*, TRWSA3f, 

"They womld allow an increase of alamst 4GSt iss" 
tfe© <pota of imigrrats par y®ar as^d DESTROY our RIGHT 
; OF SELECTION by mkir^g all tJOTSED QUOTAS available to 
ASIATICS AND AERICAUSo^' 

This paiBi3p^hl®t als© set oiaifc teatisE©miy given by ABRAHAM 
(StEEHBSROj, Execktl*^® Secretary c?f "Amerioaai Comlttee for the 
Proteotioia of . Fos^eigsi. Boira^^j before the U.. So Senate J^:iidlclary ' 
■ . GoKimittee (pages 6 t© 18 ©f official record)^ m £2^ ISS^n 
Xt' Stated that the Ama^i^aEi Coiraittee for. the Protectiosfs of the' 
' . Fore igjra Bom had hmn .^ited a sul^versive organisation to ^ 
fight asEd, dsitroy tfe® MoCarran = Waiter Law, 



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6b Ifey 9^ 195Ss^ smfeji^ct orgMlsafeiosn mlled out a:; 
>eprisit of tha ccEtgresslojial. record of & speS'^h ija tHe House , 
of Represesstatives tey Represeotafeive J'OHN BELL .WIIJilAJ©^^ wfeloh 
was delivered on Tuesday^ March 27^ 19^6 c Subject orgaMisa- 
tiosa. on ^vMB l2sf 1956^ milad oiat reprlssts of ths coingrasBio^ial 
record of ais address M-de 1j3 the Heuse of Represesitatlves by 
. Reprs see to tlve. JAMES C\ DAVIS on February £7^. 1956^ and also 
an addreaa- by Rapr€se3^feafc±¥@ JOHN BELL WILLIAMS Iss the House 
of ■ Repres^sBfeatl^es 0^' ■Smmvj_25s^ 1956 o ' 

Bf^ac&iste^^ . w#ra @f tlm Tmeint declslojfa 

of .the Bu^vBmB Goiort, r^gardlpg BiegMgatioss ajs^ qmes-tio2ni€d the 
wisdom of this; deci^lM^^ '-.y/ 



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.REFEMCEs - Report, of SA WEIGHT PATT®5^ dated 4"i9"56, 

at New Orlesus-o:, , " ' 



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FEDERAL^UREAU OF INVESTIGATION 



(3-9-51V) 



. THIS CABB Ofllfim4T19 At 



NEW ORLEANS 



BVOfrr HAH AT 



NW o: 




BATS WHEN HniOB FW WHICH 

11A8/55 11/17/55 



JERATION FOR CQHSTJTUTIGNAL 
GOVERNMENT " - 



RIPORT MAS! BY 



WRIGHT PATTGN : WP;bs 



INTERNAL SECURITY-- X 



SYNOFSI5 OF FACTS: 

inirlng Janustry 1955 group of representafclves from the eleven Deep 
South States assembled in, Jackson/ Mise to organize and authorlEre 
an Interim executive and legal committee to create a permanent 
organization known as "Federation For Constitutional Government o^' 
Resolution drawn up at this meeting. JOHN U» BARR, ■ prominent New 
Orleans, La*;, businessman, listed as chairman of interim executive 
Committee • Other members of interim executive and legal committees 
set out. Proposed charter and bylaws to be submitted by interim 
executive coJianittee at next general meeting to be held some time in 

first part of 1956. ^ - . 

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DETAILS; 



I. origin; SCOPB^ and aSWERAL ACTIVmES 

By communication dated June 25j 1955> Reverand _ ^ 
Port Olbsonj Mississippi j furnlehed a letter which ne naa 



received on the stationery of the captioned prganisation dated June 7j 
1955. This letter was signed by JOHN U. BARR, Chairman/ Interim 

■ ' ALL TPJTTORkATTDrJ CTOWTftTNED " ' - \ _ . . 

DATE. 05r24-ZQjb4 BY 633|^7 UC/NIjS/dcg.^J>lS . -■ ■ ^" >r--' ' ' 




5 - Bureau fl05-36394) ( AM-REQIS 

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2 - New Orleans (105^582) 



PROPERTY OF FBl-Thls report U Ipwved to you ty the FBI, an* neither it norrtacftntente are to be 
. d i 8tr r buted outs Ide the Agency to wh i ch I oaned . 



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G©ples of this report: 

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Atlanta 


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Birmingham 


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Gharlotte 






Dallas 


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El Paso 


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Houstoti 


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Knoxvlll6 


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Littla Rock 


1 




Memphis 


1 




Miami 


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Mobile 


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NorfQlk 


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Richmond 


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San Antonio 


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Savannah 



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ExecutiYe Committee • With this letter was a resolution drawn mp by 
the interim executive CQmmlttee of the captioned organization. 
Headquarters for this organisation Ib shown as 801 American Bank 
Building^ New Orleans ^ Louisiana* . ^ 

This letter, dated June 7> 1955/ i*"* quoted as follow© s 

"PEDSRATION FOR CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT \ " . - 

"Temporary Headquarters - 801 American Bank Building 

''P.. Q. Box 86 ■ ■ ' ^ . ■ _ 

"New Orleans 6/ La. ' " ' . . 

_ \ june yth^ 1955 

"To Individual Addressed? 

"During Janmry of 1955 j a group of representatives^ from 
the eleven Deep South States assembled In- Jackson 
Mssisslppi/ to organize and authorise an Interim Executive 
and Legal Committee to create a permanent organization to "be 
' . known as: ^'FEDERATION FOR CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT"* 



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"A copy of thelp Resolution^ la attaqhed. 

"Bjr authority of this ResGlution^ the Interim, ^ecutlve 
Committee Is proceeding to set up a pemanent organisatiOTi 
and prepare the program for future activity. 

^'The Legal Committee has prepared a proposed Charter and 
By-Laws J which the Interim Ejcecutive Committee will submit 
to the next general meeting. 

'*We submit this because we have reason to believe that you 
are vitally Interested. ^ - 

"Courageous political leaders at all level Sj national ^ 

state and city must have organized supports If we fail them^ 

they face defeat or discouragement* 

"If bur Republic, is to be preserved, there . must be co-^ordlnated 
effort, on the part of each and every individual dedicated 
toward its preservation. . ^ ^ 

^*An expression of your interest will be appreciated.^ * 

" Sincerely, , 

"/s/ Jno, U/ Barr ^ 
... "John U. Barr, Chairman 

"JUBAlt "Interim Executive Committee" 

II OFFICERS . . 

a?he above letter dated June 7> 1955, Written on the 
stationery of captioned organlsaticn lists the following indivi- 
duals as members of the Interim executive and legal committees to 
create a permanent organization to be known as the Federation For 
Constitutional Government: 

" Interim Bxecutlve Committee ; 

JOHN IT. BARR, Chairman^ Hew Orleans, La, 

ROBERT Bo PATTERSON, Vlce-chairman> Winona, Miss, 

Hon, WALTER C. GIVHAN, Safford^ Ala* - - :\ 

Hon. JOE C. JENKINS^ Galnsville, ■ Fla. . , . ^ . 

Hon* HIGH £}• GRANT, Augusta^ Ga. , "* ^ 



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W. M, SHAW, Homer, La, _ ■_ ' ■ " .- 

J. A. STUHBSj Sumter, S> C. • 

L. V. DU Nashville, Tenn. . .. 

Hoiio R. A,-^TUART^^^^_Fort ■ Worth. .Texas - 

R, 'EnJRAWFORD """i^a'rmvl lie, Va, - ' 

■'Legal. Gonmilttee's 

Hon, TOM P. BRATY, Brookhaven, Miss. 
Hon. LEANDER H. PERE2, New Orleans, La^ 
Hon. W. SGOTT WILKINSON, Shreveport, La." 

The records of the New Orleans Retailers Credit Bureau 
on November 17,- 1955, reflected that JOHN U, BARR, 801 American 
Bank Building, was formerly the owner of the Federal Tire Mills 
In New Orlesuas , one of the largest rope and cordage manufacturing ■ 
concerns in the South. He Is described as an industrialist and as 
having large financial interests in New Orleans. He is director 
of the American National Bank, one of the largest baiiks In New 
Orleans. He also has financial interests in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 
Credit records reflect that he is well regarded In buslnesa circles, 



[ attorney in New 

Orleans, advised on November 17, 1955, that JOHN U. BARR is one o f 
_t;ha_l£a4ing citizens in New Orleans and. Is highly regarded, I I 

[ further advised that Honorable LEANDERH. PEREZ, who is 
listed as a member of the legal committee of aap^lonBd ■ 
organization, is the District Attorney for Plaquesmines and St. 
Bernard Pariah ea in the ata te of Louisiana and Is a leading citizen 
in the state. [ advised that Honorable W, SCOTT 

WILKINSON of Shreveport, Louisiana, who Is listed as a member of 
the legal committee of fta^feldned organization. Is a reputable 
attomeyc 

The New OrldaiiS States, a dally newspaper published In 
New Orleans, Issue of October 26, 1955, stated that TOM P. BRAD?, 
Brookhaven, Mississippi, la the Circuit JXJ,dge of the : 14th Circuit 
Court District, which embraces several counties in south 
Mississippi. TOM P. BRAEfZ Is listed as a member of the legal 
committee of this organization. 



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NO IO5-5S2 

III. STATES AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 

The i*esd2:utlon adoptedi In .Jaokson, Miaalssipplj on 
Jantiary 22, 1955, by representatives from the eleven Deep South 
States is aa follows! 

" RESOLUTION . 

■ ^ ■ ■ 

"BE IT RESOLVED that a National Comnilttee^ to "be named 
FEDERATION FOR CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT, be organlaedj, con- 
sisting of two representatives or delegates from each 
participating state, for the purpose of coordinating and 
assisting the efforts of citizens of the several states in 
securing a return of constitutional government to the 
people of the United States* ^ . 

"The major objectives of the National Committee shall be 
to promote constitutional government, including the preserva- 
tion of the independence of the Legislative, Executive, and 
Judicial Departments; the preservation of the sovereign rights 
of the several states, and the preservation of individual 
liberties, all of which are guaranteed by the Federal Con- 
stitution; to secure the nomination of candidates for 
office who aubaeribe to thege principles; to resist the 
nomination of leftist candidates for President and Vice 
President and other offices, and oppose the adoption of 
Socialistic platforms; to seek in every honorable and legiti- 
mate way to prohibit the practice and to counteract the 
effects and conseqtiences of executive agreements or orders, 
-'■ , and of decisions of the Federal Courts and the United 
States Supreme Court which have wrongfully abrogated, 
modified, or amended the provisions of the United States 
Constitution which require a separation. of powers between 
the three great departments of government, and of the 
Tenth Amendment which reserved to the States and the 
people all power not expressly granted by the: Constitution, 
to the Federal Government 

"The said Committee is hereby author Izied to adopt 
Its own rules of procedure and to do all things, which It 
may in its discretion deem necessary to carry out the 
objectives outlined, above, . 



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"The said Coinmlttee shall elect officers and select 
aB Executive Coiraaittee and prescribe its powers and duties. 
The National Coicmittee may set up State organizations^ sub- 
' committees or special comitteesj^ or work through or in 
cooperation with existing organizations that are in accord 
with the principles and the ohjectiyea set forth hereinabove* 

■ "be it further resolved that a Provisional Committeei 
consisting of two representatives of each state represented 
at this meeting today^ be fomed to promote and carry into 
effect the ptarposes of this Resolution until such time as 
each state orgaiiizationj which it may approve, can select 
its two state representatives or delegates to serve on the 
National Committee \ 

IV. SUBVERSIVE RAHIPIGATIONS . - 

No information has been received that the above organisa- 
tion has adopted the policy of advocating or approving the 
commission of acts of force or violence to deny others their rights 
.^under the Constitution, or that any member of the above mentioned 
committees is a member of, or sympathetic to, any subversive . 
organisation. . 

V. MISCELLAUEOUS 

By pretext interview on November 17i 1955 ^ It was deter- 
mined that the Interim executive and legal committees, mentioned 
above, had met only, one time, that being on January 22, 1955^ at 
Jackson, Mississippi <, During this interview it was determined 
that the interim executive committee Is proceeding to set up a 
permanent organizatlcn and to prepare the program for futiire . 
activity o The legal committee is . preparing a. proposed charter 
and bylaws which the interim executive committee will submit to 
the next general meeting. The exact date and place of the next 
general meeting has not yet been definitely decided upon but the 
conmittee plans tentatively to have this meeting some time during 
the first part of 1956* 



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ADMINISTRATIVE ^ : r ■ , ^ ^ ■ 

Copies of this report are "being sent to offices cover- 
i3ig the eleven Deep South States covered by the Pederatlon For 
Constitutional Government for informational purposes . 

The pretext interview referred to In the details of 
this report was a pretext telephone call to the secretary of 
JOHN Uo BARRj^ Chalnnan of the Interim Executive Committee of the 
Federation For Constitutional Governments This Interview was con 
ducted by SA WRIGHT PATTON. . 



IM3 ; ' 

HEW eRLBAMS 

AT NEW ORUSANS^ LOUISIANA 

Will follow and report the activities of the captioned 
organization ■ 



REFERENCE 

Bureau letter to Hew Orleans dated October 5^ 1955. 



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